Anger can take over a person in an instant. When we act out of anger, we do not think first. We act first. In result can lead to detrimental issues. Proverbs 14:17 says that, “A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.”
The other day, being in a rush, I closed my computer too quickly and the computer shut down completely on its own. In result, I lost a portion of revisions that I was working on. I had never gotten so angry in my life. I was at the church and I could not let anyone see how angry I was. I immediately left and stood at my car. I was slamming things, yelling, about to pull my hair out because I just lost 2 hours worth of work.I could not get in the car to drive because I knew I would speed out of anger. I knew the Holy Spirit was coaching me through the whole thing because as I was driving, there was a sense of ease or calmness that came over me all of a sudden. The whole drive home, the Holy spirit had to coach me through the whole thing. Even though I just lost 2 hours of work, I was going to stay up for hours to catch back up. But the Lord rest assured in me that all was not lost.
When you are angry and emotional, you have to quickly shift to wisdom. Wisdom told me to leave the church quickly. Wisdom told me not to hop in the car and speed off. Wisdom caused peace to go through my mind and body. Wisdom told me that all is not lost. Being emotional without wisdom is mania! It causes you to become crazy and emotionally driven. That is why the enemy fights against us to receive knowledge and wisdom! We need to get wisdom to handle our emotions. Proverbs 14:29 says that, “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.” God wants to shift us to use his wisdom more in situations and learn how to live in a climate of peace and wisdom.
You have to learn how to resolve anger before it gets out of hand. Ephesians 4:26 says that, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger”. Have you ever gotten so angry that you stopped talking to God? Anger causes you to be estranged from God or causes you to be a stranger to God. See how the word “anger” in is the word “stranger”? It pushes you away from God because you are so caught up in your emotions to a point where you will not allow yourself to hear from Him. Anger distorts your view and judgement of everything.
So the next time you get angry, slow yourself and shift to the wisdom of God. Do not run from God but run to God.
Have you ever been so stressed out and you did not know what to do? It seems like everything you are involved in all of a sudden falls apart? I had that moment last week. I am a person, odd enough, that does not communicate with others when things are going wrong with me. I usually suppress and put them aside when I have to get a task or mission done.
But I am realizing that is not the way to go. It is important to find a friend or a confident that you can trust to vent to. But not just to vent to, but someone who can give you sound advice. I refused to go on social media to vent how I was feeling, I realized I needed sound advice.
I have not talked to one of my mentors since last year but I knew she would be the only one that could give me sound advice. When I saw her I broke down crying immediately. All of the issues that I was facing began to pile up and finally became overwhelming.
When she gave me a hug, it felt like something was broken inside of me. I am not an emotional person and I do not give hugs or receive hugs. So to receive a hug of compassion was new to me. When I did research hugs help release stress and is a contributing factor of building trust. A sincere hug causes emotional wounds to heal faster.
I learned that it is ok to show emotion and long for comfort. I thank God that he has placed mentors in my life who I can trust and confide in. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says that, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” But this moment made me realize how open I need to be and show more compassion to one another. Because you never know who needs a hug and words of comfort. Instead of talking about one another, I need to show comfort and compassion. In Ephesians 4:29 says that, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” God is making me a more relational person and that will always be my prayer.
(This week I am stepping away from Praying and Fasting and talk about an experience I had recently)
Have you ever sat in church and ask yourself, what I am doing? I had that moment months back. I began to analyze what we were doing as church. Are we being effective in the world? Are we living up to what God wants for the church to be? Looking at the state of the church as whole, I outright said I hated the Church! I got so frustrated with the Church that I was ready to leave. But how could I hate the church and love God at the same time?
Last week I have been under tremendous warfare. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I was so frustrated the whole entire week. I take online bible classes and my faith and beliefs has been challenged lately. I could not understand how we as church got so far away of where we originally supposed to be. The Lord led me to the book of Acts and I began to read it from the beginning. To see the journey of the apostles and the persecution that they had to endure is not comparable to what we are going through as a church. Are we really stepping out and putting our lives on the line for the name of the Lord? Or are we hiding behind the beautiful edifices that we have created?
The Lord began to show me the original plan of the church. As I began to pray, God began to tell me that our territory will be enlarged through our outreach. It is past time to go outside of the four walls and reach one another. But before we can do outreach, we must do in-reach. We must make sure that we are exercising what we are teaching. And that is the problem. There is not enough sound teaching going on in the church. There is a whole lot of preaching, which preaching is suppose to be for the unsaved, but not enough teaching. So we as believers are receiving salvation messages over and over again and never moving from the place of receiving God to discipleship. In result, we do not know how to conduct ourselves as a representative of Christ. We never move forward to being what God is calling the church to be.
So what is the charge I am faced with? How can we move from the outside to the streets? What is it that we have to do as church to fix what is in the house before we invite people to house? What good would it make If I left the church? If God has shined His light on His word for me to make a change, how many more has He revealed this to and are afraid to step forward. We are stuck going around in circles and are afraid to progress. We may not be able to reach all the churches and show how things are suppose to be but we can start right where we are. I will start where I am and love the church again.